Like Lyme disease, but way deadlier. Did you know about POW?

The world knows about Lyme disease. It is carried by deer ticks and makes a bullseye patterned rash on the skin. It exhibits some minor symptoms and is treatable if detected early. Why are we suddenly talking about Lyme disease? It’s because there’s a new virus on the block and it takes the same route as Lyme disease. Except, this disease is fatal.

According to The CDC, the pathogen is a far deadlier tick-related virus than Lyme Disease. This virus kills 10 percent of those infected and permanently disables the other 50 percent, the CDC claims. This virus is being called the POW, short for Powassan.

Researchers have also revealed that the death rate and disability are owing to the inflammation it causes in the brain. The discovered symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures, and memory loss.

Most infected people never show symptoms. But in cases where symptoms are visible, they appear within the first week. The most common symptoms will be fever and headache. The deadliest part of the condition is that it is not yet possible to prevent or treat the infection yet.

Although the virus was first discovered in 1958, only lately have they begun attacking humans more often. The researchers also predict that the number of cases of Powassan infection is only likely to go up here on.

Only a couple of cases were seen each year from the 1950s to the early 2000s. At the onset of the millennium was when the number of cases began growing. It can be because more and more dealers are reportedly carrying this virus now.

A professor of Neurology chipped in with the information that there are three different ticks that can carry the virus: Ixodes cookei, Ixodes marxi and Ixodes scapularis. Out of these, the third one is most likely to transfer the virus to humans.

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